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Saachi, You’re a Big Sister!

Saachi, You’re a Big Sister!

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I was so thrilled to hear from Saachi’s parents that they were welcoming another baby. The family had relocated to Needham from San Francisco just over a year ago when I met them for our first photo session. Saachi was just about a year old when we first met for our family photography session. And she was simply gorgeous.

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A year later and she’s grown — and Niam has arrived! Returning to see this family for a Needham newborn photography session was the highlight of my day. Take the time to scroll through this entire session. You’ll see Saachi is just as gorgeous as ever, even when she’s not feeling 100% like her lovely self.

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Six days old.

No words really can describe the emotions that come along with simply just being in the presence of a baby that small. So new. So tiny. So precious.

It really is just the beginning.

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Niam is adored already, of course. It was fantastic weaving in and out of the home snapping images of him as his family showered him with love.

Saachi was really hesitant during our session. Not even two years old herself, she was under the weather and likely overwhelmed with all the changes that were taking place in her home. Mom and Dad took it in stride, however. Having worked with me before, they knew they could trust that I’m in no rush. Our session is not formal. It is not posed. No one needs to be perfect and perky.

You’re empowered to Just Be.

And so she was. Isn’t it fantastic to have captured a series of images showing the connection between Saachi and her father? She needed some one-on-one attention. Some peace and calm. I am so glad I trailed them very quietly. Aren’t these images real?

From there, the family came together. And the keepsake images happened. Mom emailed me to tell me they are thrilled with the images, which pleases me so much.

I love this session, not only because the family is so kind, but because it validates my belief that it’s always worth investing in a photographer you trust. I understand how to stay back and be a fly on the wall while capturing your moments without stressing everyone out. I have three children, too, so I understand the personalities and nuances that come in any family situation.

It is always worth the investment.

Welcome, Niam. You lucky, lucky boy.


Cara Soulia is a Needham newborn photographer who specializes in creating beautiful, emotional images of your family’s story. Click here to see more at home newborn sessions or get in touch to find out more about scheduling a one.

 

Twin Siblings (and their parents) Welcome Baby Frankie

Twin Siblings (and their parents) Welcome Baby Frankie

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Boston Newborn Photographers always love to get an email with a subject line like this:  I’m expecting again!

I was simply thrilled to hear from one of my West Roxbury clients a few months ago that she was due with Baby Number 3!

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You know how when you meet someone on a professional basis and you just instantly like them? You enjoy your work, of course, and (in the case of being a newborn photographer anyway) you spend even more time creating and refining the product that you’re delivering to them?

That’s this family for me. These images are true keepsakes and I know this family will treasure them forever.

I love this couple so much, and I am amazed at how far they have come since we met just over three years ago. Read on to find out why.

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Frankie (Frances), joined twin siblings Charlotte & Jack in November. She was just about five weeks old when I visited for our photo session. She was alert for much of the session which was great because there was a lot of love being showered upon her by her parents, brother and sister. Boston Newborn Photographers

Five week old babies still tire easily though, which means we were able to get a nice mix of images, both awake and asleep.

Isn’t she beautiful, all swaddled and sleeping soundly?

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Seeing Frankie’s parents handle the birth of their third child in stride was no surprise to me because they are such down to earth, relaxed people.

I was so impressed with them during our first session together, when Charlotte and Jack were newborns. You wouldn’t have known from looking at them, but the twins were born very premature at just 27 weeks. The path from birth to home was long the first time around, but mom and dad made it through with smiles on their faces.

This time, things went a lot more smoothly.

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I love working with this family because they really value the role that authentic photography plays in creating their family memories. Mom and Dad committed to my special Birth to Birthday package, which includes three sessions (view their 6 month session and 12 month session) as well as a gorgeous coffee table album of highlights from their first year.

I can’t help but think that Frankie is creating yet another new chapter for this fun and loving crew. Check out some candid moments that happened during this session.

I love how they feel very natural and true to life with three little kids!

 


Cara Soulia is a Boston newborn photographer who specializes in creating beautiful, emotional images of your family’s story. Click here to see more at home newborn sessions or get in touch to find out more about scheduling a one.

Do your 2020 plans include a new baby?

Do your 2020 plans include a new baby?

The new year has arrived, and if you’re anything like me, you’re walking around full of dreams, aspirations, and goals that you hope will occur in the months ahead.

And if you’re reading this, perhaps a new baby is part of that list.

A big part.

OK, likely the biggest.

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If you’re expecting in 2020, congratulations! I know you’re flooded with emotions. I’ve had three children myself, and preparing for each one was exhilarating, scary, and exhausting at once.

And if you’re already expecting, time might feel like it’s already flying by quickly. You’re organizing a nursery, learning about necessary supplies (and how to use them!), and potentially preparing for time away from work. Life is going to change.

I’m here to help ensure you capture the sheer joy of the early weeks.

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As a Boston area newborn photographer, I am so lucky to meet dozens of families every year shortly after they welcome a new baby.

And each family tells me the same thing: Photographing the early days with a new baby is a singular and glorious opportunity.

Thank goodness they planned ahead for their newborn session, because it’s pretty hard to accomplish, well, anything, during the first several weeks ahead a baby is born.

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If you’re hoping to photograph your little one (or your twins!), rest assured I will make it the easiest and loveliest experience you can imagine. So easy that I’ll even take the issue about when and how to plan for it off your plate.

You should schedule your newborn photo session when you plan your nursery. Add it to your tasks of things you can do ahead of time.

Rest assured, I know a car seat and a comfortable and safe place to sleep are more important than photos, but I also know you’re going to be delirious with joy and interrupted sleep for many weeks, so I’m telling you now: Cross this off your list. Call me or email me and say: “Cara, I am due February 15.” We’ll swap details and you’ll file me away. Then, once the baby arrives and you’ve figured out how to fit a shower into a day, you’ll send me another note and we’ll book a time.

Your only to-do will be telling me when to come.

It is that easy.

And I promise you. It doesn’t matter if the house is a mess. It doesn’t matter if your shower is actually two days of dry shampoo. It doesn’t even matter if your baby is cranky.

I promise to be quiet, kind, gracious, and loving. I promise that having a newborn session is a fantastic experience. Do you want more details and specifics? Check out my recent post on Tips for a Simple and Sweet Newborn Session.

Here’s the good news: I’m not coming to photograph you for a magazine profile or a fancy lifestyle Instagram feed. I’m coming to capture your new real life. The days when everything changed. I’m here to make sure you have the chance to remember them in the years ahead because you took the time to book that session.

So, go ahead, change a diaper. Nurse a baby. Bathe your child. I’ve done it all and I’ve seen it all. Let’s capture it for you.

Oh, and I *love* siblings. And pets. So bring it on. I promise they’ll be laughing and enjoying the time we spend together.

Cara Soulia is a Boston area newborn photographer who specializes in capturing beautiful and natural images of those amazing first early weeks with your baby.  Get in touch to schedule your newborn session for 2020!

Welcome, Dear Alma

Welcome, Dear Alma

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I had the pleasure of meeting Alma, just four weeks old, back in October. Her parents were still glassy-eyed in love with their first child, a feeling that never goes away, right?

Read on to hear about why there is no “must-do” pressure when it comes to timing a newborn photo session and to meet some of Alma’s furry siblings.

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Alma’s parents were concerned that they’d been – understandably! – busy planning for Alma’s arrival and were a little late in scheduling a session that would capture Alma as a newborn. And, as anyone with a new baby knows, trying to get anything accomplished during the first few weeks after a birth is nearly impossible.

Never fear. I’m here. Camera in hand.

Alma was 4 weeks old when we connected and she was already changing and growing by the moment. Isn’t she beautiful?

Alma’s parents were so full of joy, of course. What a happy and loving home! As a photographer, I appreciated the brightness and light that filled every room. The same light was evident in each person – and pet – that resides there.

 

Alma, join the family! (a fur family, that is!) Aren’t her pet siblings adorable? Chloe is the white dog. Buckley is the larger one. They were so sweet during the photo session. The photo of Alma and Chloe almost kissing is priceless. Maybe this family will be able to snag photos of them doing it again as Alma grows? Adorable.

Did you just welcome a new baby? Or, do you know someone who did? Yes, you’re overwhelmed and exhausted. Don’t overthink when and how to have images of your new baby taken. Day 5, Week 2, Day 57. Any day is perfect, and with a photographer who understands how to make the process simple and beautiful at once, you’re in good hands. And you’ll love the outcome.


Cara Soulia is a Newton Newborn Photographer who loves capturing the early days of a new addition.  Get in touch to find out about scheduling a Newborn Session in 2020.

Tips for a Simple and Sweet Newborn Session

Tips for a Simple and Sweet Newborn Session

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The birth of a new baby is so spectacular and life-changing at once. Being asked to share in the early joy of a new or growing family is truly one of the top reasons I adore being a newborn photographer.

Many clients aren’t sure that they’re ready for a newborn session within the early post-birth weeks. Only you can decide what works for your family, but I can assure you that preparing for a newborn session with me is simple. I’ve had three children myself, so I know first-hand what you’re experiencing. My goal is to capture your new life as it’s unfolding, every part of it. And I promise – whether you prepare or not – the images will be lovely and become lifelong treasures.

Newborn sessions always take place in your home and will usually lasts about 1-1.5 hours. Read on for ways that you can prepare for your newborn session.

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A newborn session is usually held sometime between Week 1 and Week 8. The session happens right in your home and usually takes place mid-morning. I know your baby is likely not on a schedule yet. I’m very flexible with how we use the time. If your baby does wake shortly before I come, please feel free to take the time for a feeding. A full belly will likely ensure a happy baby and fewer breaks.

But, trust me, breaks are fine. In fact, we can work a feeding into your images.

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Keep the temperature in your house warm, especially in the summer if you have central air conditioning. If you’d like, we’ll take some photos of your baby in his/her diaper, or even naked, and the room should be warm so baby is comfortable.

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Don’t worry about cleaning the house for me. I will take a quick tour of your home when I arrive and choose a few places with beautiful light. I will do some simple decluttering to prepare for gorgeous images.

Feel free to think ahead about personal items you might like to include, such as a knitted blanket, hat or a special doll.  I love to incorporate items from the family or the home as they make the images much more personal.

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Relax and be yourselves. I’m here to photograph your real life. Newborn sessions are all about capturing how your life looks at this moment in time. I’m not coming to take perfectly staged photos or family portraits. Interaction is encouraged! (Yes! That means it’s perfectly fine if siblings are still in pajamas and bouncing around with excitement!).

Oh, and I love pets, too.


Cara Soulia is a Boston Newborn Photographer who loves capturing the creative, sweet and fun side of every family.  Get in touch to find out more about newborn and family sessions this winter.

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